Your dog is your very best friend. Every single time you walk
through the door your dog is so happy to see you that he wags his tail and practically smiles at you. You have
to show your pet how much they mean to you. Well, one way is to take care of that smile for your pet. You should
know that your dog's diet can influence their oral health.
Humans need to brush and floss their teeth regularly to keep
their teeth, tongue, and gums in good condition. Research has recently shown a link between good oral health in
humans and a lower risk of heart disease. If good oral health can have such a profound effect on people, then it
only makes sense to consider the impact it can have on man's best friend.
It is important to brush your dog's teeth frequently to keep
plaque and tartar from becoming an issue. Even wiping his gums with a clean, damp cloth can be
Your dog's diet also plays a role in your pet's oral health.
If you are the type that typically feed your dog canned or dry dog food, think about the kind of treats and toys
do you provide for your pet. All of these things can affect the likelihood of trouble with your pet's
When your dog's diet is nutritionally sound, containing
essential vitamins, nutrients, and enzymes, your pet's oral health will be at its very best. Feeding dry dog
food rather than a moist canned variety is best for your dog. The tiny kibbles' hard surface rubs against the
teeth to remove and reduce plaque. The simple act of moistening the dry dog food with water or gravy eliminates
this property from dry dog food.
The treats you give your pet are part of your dog's diet just
like snacks are part of a person's diet. As humans, we tend to want to overlook our snacking habits, so it can
be easy to overlook the treats you give your dog. This is not a good idea. Carefully consider any and all items
your dog will consume.
If you are the type that give your dog bones, rawhides, jerky
treats, or dog biscuits, again think. Maybe your pet prefers greenies or corn starch chews. You may not have
considered it, but tossing Spot a rawhide chew is like giving him a candy bar. The rawhide, for example,
contains calories and is often provided between meals.
Many of the treats and snacks you provide in your dog's diet
can be just empty wasted calories. Some treats, alternatively, provide excellent opportunity to improve oral
health. Greenies, rawhides, bones, and hard dog biscuits all help to keep tartar at bay. The softer snacks, such
as jerky treats, do not provide much relief from plaque. The healthy treat, on occasion, will also prevent your
dog from having bad breath.
Your dog's diet must be healthy to ensure excellent oral
health. Dry dog food is best whenever possible. Don't forget to
select treats for your pet that will enhance your dog's diet. Consciously monitoring your dog's diet will
positively influence your best friend's oral health.